Rijiju appeals all to preserve state’s rich cultural heritage

Solung festival celebrations at Rumgong, Tawang, Tezu and Boleng

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: ‘Arunachal Pradesh is multi-ethnic state with a rich culture and tradition and it is the responsibility of all to preserve the state’s rich cultural heritage and pass it on to the next generation’, said Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju while addressing a huge gathering on the occasion of Solung festival at Rumgong, Siang district on Friday last.
Greeting the Adi community on the occasion, Rijiju further expressed hope that ‘Kine Naane’ will confer her choicest blessings for a bumper harvest besides, wealth, peace, progress and prosperity in the society. While explaining about the various developmental activities being undertaken by the centre for the benefit of Arunachal Pradesh in particular and entire North East State in general, he informed that any developmental project in any Ministry forwarded by state government at the centre is pursued by him for immediate clearance and sanction in different levels. He further appealed to all to cooperate with the government for proper implementation of various schemes in a transparent manner.
Minister of Power, Textile, Industry, TamiyoTaga, Siang Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Singh and Central Solung Festival Committe, Rumgong President, Tajom Komut were also present on the occasion.
Solung was also celebrated at Tawang by Adi and Galo community residing there with traditional fervour. Addressing a large gathering at Zomkhang Hall on Friday last, Lumla MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for RWD, JambeyTashi appreciated the Mopin Solung festival committee, Tawang for highlighting the unity among Adi and Galo community in Tawang and said that the same spirit of brotherhood should be inculcated by every community in their thoughts and action.
Tawang Superintendent of Police, ManojKumar Mena, various HoDs and general public from Tawang, Lumla and Jang attended the celebrations.
Adi community of Tezu celebrated the Solung festival with traditional gaiety at the Solung Gidi Notko here on Saturday.
Attending the celebration, Art & Culture Minister Dr. Mohesh Chai has called upon all the Adi community to contribute in communal harmony, peace and development. “Tezu is the home for all those who love the place and contribute for its growth and development,” he said.
Highlighting the Govt achievements, he informed that state Government has created more than 3000 jobs in Government sectors in just one year’s time and many flagship programs are being initiated. He also urged the educated unemployed youths to take full advantage of the Govt schemes being implemented for self-employment of youths.
Overwhelmed with the participation of different tribes of Arunachal Pradesh in the celebration, the minister said, “it is a prime example of unity in diversity.”
Earlier, Chai formally inaugurated the Notko in presence of Lohit district Deputy Commissioner Karma Leki.
While appreciating the Adi community of Tezu for constructing boundary wall of Notko without any Government aid, the Minister sanctioned a sum amount of Rs Five Lakh from MLALAD Fund for further development activities of Notko.
It is worth mentioning that the land for Tezu Solung Gidi Notko(Solung Ground) was donated by a senior citizen of Tezu, Yam Yirang to the Adi community.
DC Karma Leki also spoke on the occasion.
Among others, former minister, Khapreso Krong, Adi Baane Kebang executive members, Getom Borang and Toni Pertin, PRI members, Govt officials and general public attended the celebration.
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, P B Acharya attended a SolungFestival celebration in the Shiv Mandir, Raj Bhavan Complex. Speaking on the occasion, the Governor advised the people from all religions to celebrate their festivals along with indigenous festival to promote the spirit of ‘Sarva Dharma’ and without diluting the essence of their respective traditions. Preserve the essence of your culture but modify the obsolete ideas in traditions to blend with time, the Governor advised.
President, Adi Bane Kebang Kangir Jamoh appreciated the Governor for his effort in promotion of indigenous faith and culture. He expressed hope that Governor will continue to protect the cultural, religious and traditional values.
At Boleng in Siang district, Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein and Power, Handloom & Handicraft Minister TamiyoTaga attended the Central Solung Festival Celebration.
In his speech, Mein said that the Department of Indigenous Faith & Culture has been created with a view to protect and preserve the Indigenous faith & culture. He further said the local language has been introduced as third language in Govt schools to promote mother tongue.
He urged the educated youths to avail benefits of welfare schemes like Deen Dayal Upadhaya Swavalamban Yojana and women under the Deen Dayal Upadhayay Bunkar Yojana.
Stressing on the importance of communication, Mein said that State Govt is giving priority to the construction of bridges to connect the unconnected remote areas.
On Siang District headquarter impasse, he appealed to the people to abide by the decision of the Govt as the report of the Committee for selection of Siang District headquarter has already been submitted to the State Govt and the Govt will decide it in the Cabinet soon based on the report.
Responding to two-point memorandum submitted by Doggong Banggo, Boleng for improvement of urban infrastructures, he assured for construction of a Guest House, renovation of tourist lodge and CHC Boleng and improvement of water supply network and electricity of the Boleng town. On creation of circle office at Nirle under Boleng Sub-Division, he said to apprise the matter to the Chief Minister and bring it to the Cabinet for approval.
Power, Handloom & Handicraft Minister, Tamiyo Taga in his speech called upon the people to take up farming and entrepreneurships to increase their earning.
He assured to complete the drawing of transmission line from Subbung Hydro Project within this year and to make Boleng-Pangin self sufficient in electricity.
Chief Patron of Central Solung Festival Celebration, NalongMize proposed to declare Boleng Solung as a tourist festival.